Blog Tour: Book Review - Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Today on Becca's Books, I'm delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Cecelia Ahern's brand new novel Lyrebird, publishing on November 3rd in Hardback and eBook.

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Title - Lyrebird
Author - Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date - November 3rd 2016
Publisher - HarperCollins
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by publisher)
Pages - 432

Blurb
She will change your life forever...

In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird.

When Solomon stumbles into Laura's solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her.

But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings - or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free...

Review
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern was an enchanting, unusual yet utterly compelling novel set in the beautiful landscape of Ireland. I've read and loved plenty of Ahern's novels over the years, adoring her style and magical way with words, so I absolutely could not wait to get stuck into this one. I was interested to see how Ahern would include the aspect of the Lyrebird within the story and, now that I'm finished, I'm blown away by the significance and power it held amongst the characters, and how much it moved me emotionally. It was stunning.

In Cecelia Ahern's Lyrebird, readers are introduced not only to Laura Button, the star of the show, but also to Solomon and the rest of the documentary-making crew, including his girlfriend Bo. Having recorded a documentary once before following the closely-linked lives of two brothers, the crew are back but, this time, they stumble upon something quite unexpected and truly special during their trip. Laura Button. At first, they know nothing about this strange and quiet woman, but Solomon is hypnotised by her at first glance and Laura, too, seems to be just as hypnotised by Solomon. It quickly transpires that the woman they find is like no-one they have ever met before. She holds extraordinary talents. Talents that the world will no doubt be in awe of, but closed away in the tiny cottage that she calls home, it begins to dawn on Solomon and the crew that it's not going to be easy to tempt her away from the only life she's ever known, to something much more chaotic and wild. And although he keeps it to himself, Solomon isn't even sure that he wants to.

Taking Laura Button from her lonely existence, Ahern thrusts her character into what we know as the world of stardom. It's a life-changing shift for Laura, and as the tale continues to be told, we're given a wonderfully descriptive and vivid insight into how she came to live at the cottage and many more secrets behind her upbringing that not another soul knows besides those involved. Alongside the documentary crew, Laura ventures into the big, bright world beyond the one she inhabits at the cottage, while Bo interviews her, bringing to life the real Laura Button and everything that she has experienced so far in her solitary life. As her remarkable talent is shared around the globe, Laura becomes more well-known than she'd ever thought imaginable. But as fantastic as that may sound, this is where the problems truly begin.

Not only is this an extraordinary story about courage and finding the ability to spread your wings, but it's a tale of love and sacrifice too. The relationships within the book are explored on a deep and magnificent level, so much so I couldn't shake these characters and their circumstances from my mind whenever I put the book down. They were each vivid and real, coming to life on the page in front of me. The dynamics between them were beautifully crafted, and I thoroughly enjoyed the part that each of them played in Laura Button's story.

Becca's Books is awarding Lyrebird with five of my bookish cupcakes. I've fallen in love with Ahern's writing all over again. This was such a special and beautifully written novel, with a mystical and magical creature right at its heart.


About the author
Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. Her first novel, PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004 and a number one bestseller. Her successive bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift and The Book of Tomorrow. PS, I Love You became an International box office success, starring Hilary Swank, was a box office hit. Cecelia has also co-created the hit American television comedy series Samantha Who? In 2008 Cecelia won the award for Best New Writer at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Cecelia lives in County Dublin.

You can find Cecelia Ahern on Facebook | Twitter | cecelia-ahern.com

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